Former Husky Wins MLS Championship
Oct. 22, 2001
Columbus, Ohio - Former Washington soccer player Ian Russell (1993-97) helped lead the San Jose Earthquakes to the Major League Soccer (MLS) Championship as it defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-1, in overtime in front of 21,626 fans watching at Columbus Crew Stadium Sunday.
A sudden-death overtime goal from San Jose forward Dwayne DeRosario in the sixth minute of the extra period (96th minute) gave the Earthquakes their first MLS championship in team history. The 2-1 come-from-behind win was the first time the Earthquakes had rallied from behind all season, having gone 0-8-2 in matches in which they allowed the first goal (including the postseason).
Russell, who started all 26 games for the Earthquakes in 2001, assisted on San Jose's equalizer just before halftime. In the 43rd minute a combination between Richard Mulrooney and Russell down the right flank resulted in a cross from the end line from Russell that bypassed four players in the box. Forward Landon Donovan was quickest to the loose ball, blasting a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net.
The championship game was the second time in MLS Cup history that the title game needed an overtime session to decide the winner. D.C. United won the inaugural MLS championship in 1996 with a sudden-death goal at Foxboro Stadium.
Russell, a two-time offensive most valuable player at Washington, tallied 29 goals and 25 assists during his collegiate career. He was chosen by San Jose in the fifth round of the 2000 draft. Russell, who prepped at West Seattle High School, joins former Husky Theresa Wagner, who was a part of the Bay Area CyberRays professional women's team that won the inaugural WUSA championship in August.
The Washington men's soccer team, with a 10-1-0 record and ranked No. 4 in the most recent Soccer America poll, is on the road this weekend. The Huskies play at California Oct. 26 and at Stanford Oct. 28.